Dave_the_Proc

Dave_the_Proc

  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    I rather think think that you're shouting at the tide Greg (or possibly feeding some kind of sub-bridge dwelling entity...) Also surprised the phrase "God exists outside time and space" hasn't been used yet. Although there's been a careful avoidance...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Oh, I agree. Choice in the case of belief is not really choice. I was thinking that phrase is more often now deployed as a passive-agressive dismissal of someone's choice, only missing the words "..., but you're clearly a fool...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    I was always rather fond of the explanation of Greek pantheon that I once read. I can't recall the exact details, but it suggested that the Greeks invented their gods by asking: "If we had absolute power and could do...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    > "Stampeding cattle." > "That's not much of a crime." > "Through the Vatican?"...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    I'm pretty sure that "You can choose to believe that if you want" is some of the snarkiest passive-agressiveness that you'll ever come across....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Why would a loving God make you a slave? Please present evidence that there is a loving god, and I can then list a whole stack of evidence that there is a cruel and uncaring God, and then we can...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    The whole "true atheists must but nihilists" is, at its core, a subtle ad hominem on all non-believers (especially when thrown together with the "you're either for us or ag'in us!" sentiment of having to pick either theism or atheism)....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Adding another wooden spoon and stirring vigorously: 1) God (specifically the Judeo-Christian god, but true of any supernatural supreme being) is a concept defined and constantly redefined to be immune to logic and reason. Therefore attempting to conduct an argument...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    A slightly late (but far from my personal belated-birthday-wishes record) "happy birthday"! I would suggest that perhaps rule zero should be: "There are exceptions to all rules." And also to add (at whatever number you wish): "Don't expect tomorrow to...
  • Commented on The morning after
    To the folks starting to get heated over the Scottish Independence/NI Troubles comparisons (and at the minor risk of straying off-thread-topic): It didn't read to me that the intent of the original poster was to compare the scenarios, and clearly...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    Oh, don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to make out that this guy was some kind of mythical Terminator-like being, but rather trying to illustrate that a willingness to do damage to your opponent makes a big difference in...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    This particular guy seldom started fights, but if he wasn't on the floor with the first hit, whoever did start it was in some serious trouble (and he seemed to have a massive pain tolerance). Looking back, once he had...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    I always got the impression (having been fortunate enough to have personally avoided real fights almost entirely) that winning a real fight was a lot more to do with attitude and experience rather than technique and training (in whatever discipline/art)....
  • Commented on Down tools
    On the note of the Judge Dredd movies, for anyone who's interested: Go check out the more recent movie "Dredd" with Karl Urban in the starring role, it's a superior action movie that (I think) channels the comics superbly (while...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    While completely willing to own up to speculating wildly on the matter (hence my "it could be bollocks" coda), I'm not sure I'm willing to let the idea go as "utter bollocks" (and yes, I will stop using that word...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    Risking even further straying off topic and into dangerous waters, I suspect that the basis for many religons having a downer on homosexuality and children born out of wedlock can be found by viewing their rules on relationships and sexuality...
  • Commented on Vacation
    Good question. I assume that it's always been an option on the Android version then? (Shockingly ignorant of other mobile OS's, aren't I?)...
  • Commented on Vacation
    This wasn't in the iOS Google Maps app until a few point versions ago -- if you are on iOS and updated to the latest version of the app, you should be able to find the "Offline maps" option by...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    Without knowing the details of the negotiations between Hachette and Amazon, its hard to parse the accuracy of Hugh Howley's piece, it's pretty much pure speculation in a vacuum. One problem that I do have with it is that the...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    But then you've got to figure out which are plausible tips....
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    As I get older, I often get the feeling that it is more and more obvious that Douglas Adams wasn't so much making things up as predicting the future state of the world....
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    It's good to know that there is one "mature and intelligent" person left out there on the internet. Certainly, the ability to dismiss someone you don't know and all their work because you disagree on a minor point (of what...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    A part of me really wants to argue with you (ad hominem attacks and all), but a wiser part simply says: Don't feed the troll....
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    Apology accepted! (Although I do not personally wield the awesome Hammer of Ban and mighty Axe of Deletion)...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    "And if Stross or Rowling disappears from the market as a result, that's no more tragic than if ChiaPets or ThighMasters disappear from the market" Just: Huh? Creative individuals producing highly unique products (possibly even quantifiable as works of art)...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    ** Moderator to the forum! Paging Moderator to the forum! -- We seem to be plunging towards an off-topic climate debate singualrity -- Please jettison all extraneous comments and engage full topic course-correction measures **...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    Except when it's a multi-purpose tool, that works best for the users of one specific function, but stabs the users of another function in the face....
  • Commented on Checking in
    The road from Dublin to Belfast no longer meanders -- you have to make a deliberate effort these days. Fifteen years ago I would have allowed 3+ hours to do the roughly hundred miles, now you can go from Belfast...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Not trying to wave irrationality as a get-out card for anything inexplicable, I just mean that the mindset of someone contemplating, planning or in the process of committing suicide can be very hard to understand. It could be that the...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Suicide theory speculation: Pilot or co-pilot wants to die, but in a way that they can justify to themselves as not being suicide (don't forget, someone comtemplating suicide can be be irrational but highly logical). They decide that flying the...
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